A 60-year-old black man, Maurice Rucker, says that he was fired from a Home Depot in Albany, New York, because he responded to racist verbal abuse from a pro-Trump customer.
Rucker told WNYT how the customer approached the checkout aisle with an unleashed dog:
I said to him, “Sir, when you have your dog in here we prefer that you keep it on a leash.'” He turned around and said, “F*ck you. You’re an a**hole you’re a piece of sh*t.”
He says, “If Trump wasn’t president, you wouldn’t even have a job.” He said, “You’re from the ghetto, what do you know?”
I’ve lived all over the country and I’ve had no one talk to me the way that this guy talked to me.
Rucker recalled responding to the racist Trump supporter:
“You’re lucky I’m at work, because if I wasn’t, this wouldn’t be happening, or you wouldn’t be talking to me like this.”
Rucker, who was just named “Cashier of the Month,” was fired on July 17.
Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes said Rucker did not follow protocol for dealing with an angry customer (who degrades black people):
The problem here is that he had several opportunities to disengage and contact management to deal with the customer. We’re appalled by this customer’s behavior, but we also must require associates to follow proper protocol to defuse a situation for the sake of their safety and the safety of other associates and customers.
Rucker said the managers told him the customer called to complain about him:
He said that I was being racist and that I said I would knock him down. He just told him a bunch of lies and it seems like they believed him.